Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Take on the Selfie Expert

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Fashion is something that is spread over such a broad spectrum yet it comes down to you and your personal style and prefrences. There are close to a 100 trends that come out every year but what you choose to call your own are the ones that matter most! Be the metallic trend, the sneaker trend or anything, for me if I love a trend, I want to embrace it on an everyday basis, not just through my clothes but also through the gadgets I use! My job requires me to constantly be on my laptop or mobile so it's always a plus when leading tech companies stay upto date with the trends and try and match it up in their new launches. 

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Being a social media influencer also means taking pictures on a daily basis, be it of yourself or of what you eat or maybe even what you see! So when you're aiming to put up content so regularly with so little time to edit, having a good camera becomes a necessity. I am always on the look out for newer phone models that are now becoming more and more camera focused given the transition that we're going through! The latest one that I got my hands on was the OPPO F3 Selfie Expert. If you follow me on any of the social media platforms you've probably already seen so much of it but I wanted to give it a good use before I put down my final thoughts on it. I've had the phone for well over a month now and I have to say it's definitely a fun experience. With dual selfie camera- one 16MP camera for that flawless selfie and one wide angle group selfie camera, OPPO F3 is not only the Selfie Expert but also a fashion accessory that we as the new generation are looking for. So say goodbye to those selfie sticks because this lens has totally has you covered. The back camera is of course quite stellar too! Very few products are a combination of premium design and innovative technology, OPPO F3 is definitely one of them.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Cosmic Chaos

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Outfit- Only's Star Gazer Collection, Shoes- Charles & Keith, Bag- Saint Laurent, Glasses & earrings- H&M

"We are all stars wrapped in skin- The light you are seeking, has always been within." 

Seldom do quotes send me into a thinking spiral so deep, it makes more sense than anything else ever has! Being caught up in the glitz and glamour of the outside life, we often forget what truly matters, our soul within. Enriching it is far more long lasting than only working on the outer surface. So read, watch, explore, do whatever it takes to reach that point of no return. Where you are happy from within, for yourself and for others, devoid of constant comparisons. Jealousy, is like counting the blessings of others instead of your own. Focus on yourself, for you is all you'll ever have, to better, to love & to conquer.

I love watching documentaries in my free time. I've realised they touch me in a way that no fiction can. Yes, fiction tickles the imagination bone but real life struggles and conquers, open your eyes to the reality. I recently watched The story of Princess Diana on Netflix. It was mind boggling to see how a person so loving, so genuine, so confident, so hurt still had the will to do good for others. Behind this glamorous wardrobe & position, was just another woman, seeking love with open arms. And that made me realise, that sometimes, we tend to take the ones we love for granted. It's true that you only realise their worth when you lose them but the question is, do you wait for that moment or do you start living in the moment?

As I'm writing this blog, I realise it's all over the place but the only point I am trying to make is love does conquer it all. It may not seem enough at one point but in the end it's all that matters. Anyone can be next to you in your happy moments but it's the ones whose shoulders you rest on after a shitty day, that matters. So today, choose to spend more time with the ones you love, including yourself. Make time for that Zumba session, cook yourself a wholesome meal or just sit with a loved one and read to them from your favourite book!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Caution : Smile Ahead

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Outfit- Veromoda, Sunglasses & Earrings- Veromoda, Shoes- Gucci, Bag- Chanel

Just like everything else, being self employed has it's own pros and cons. Being able to work while laying in bed in my PJ's or scheduling meetings as per my convenience or even taking up projects completely based on favouritism are definitely pros! However, doing that also means, meeting lesser people and minimal daily face to face interaction. Of course you're seeing those same, most loved 6-8 faces but as soon as you're put in the middle of a social setting different from your routine, the cautions start to pop up! You know that feeling when you walk into your pilates class and you know someone because you've seen them before in class, but maybe not as often so you don't know whether to wave, smile or do the "Hey! where have you been?" thing, that's what I'm talking about! Now I don't remember if I was always like this or has being an adult made this more complicated but I've noticed people, including myself, trying to walk away from face to face interactions as if they are taboo. 

Now I am not talking about the display of showing fake interest & and let's not act like we've never done that before! I am talking about just genuinely smiling at people while looking into their eyes instead of turning that gaze away. This may sound stupid but in those rare moments where I let my mind just sit still and think, I tend to analyse any significant changes that I may notice in my personality and this is definitely one! So a conscious effort to not fall into this loop hole is the prime focus for the next few social interactions. Care to join me? And if you need a little reminder every now and then, consider investing in little things like this tee from Veromoda. What? It's Insta-worthy and a conversation starter in real life too! Win-win I say! I've been loving the new collection at Veromoda recently. A maxi floral patch dress, this bottle green pencil skirt, trendy co-ords, preppy tee's and light trenches for that perfect transition into the Fall wardrobe, they've got it all covered! It's also so good to see some of the pieces that we saw at the head office in Denmark months ago, finally hitting the store! 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

A Getaway with Jo Malone London

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Back in April, I was whisked away to an enthralling property nestled in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature and complete zen. When I think of the brand Jo Malone London, that exact same feeling is what surrounds me. Jo Malone London is a brand I was first introduced to years ago, by some of my favourite YouTubers and my very first store visit was about 5 years ago in Dubai. It's a brand that let's you enjoy luxury even in the smallest way and my Jo Malone London products are my vanity favourites. Be it the array of scents, the luxurious body creams or even the packaging, every aspect of the brand sways you towards it. So when I found out that the reason for our 2 day getaway was to experience the brand first hand, I immediately agreed!

We stayed at the gorgeous Amanbagh and every time I stepped out of the room, I was led to a captivating sight! The elaborate dinner set ups, the spectacular life size scent themed Jo Malone  London boxes, the unforgetable sunrise Safari and the never ending hospitality by the brand, made this an experience to remember! Apart from all this, we also learnt so much about how the team comes up with the inspiration for the unique fragrances and how mixing them is an art most people are unaware of. For me, I love layering my scents as it gives me the feeling of wearing an unique fragrance. But Jo Malone London forced me to take one step further and mix scents not just using perfumes but even your lotions and body washes! My favourite combination was the Woodsage & Seasalt body creme mixed with Myrah & Tonka cologne and finishing of with a walk through in the Peony & Blush suede! Boy did that smell heavenly. A few of my other favourites are the Pomegranate Noir & the Lime, Basil & Mandarin scents!

Jo Malone London has a wide variety of products, ranging from candles to body cremes to colognes to bath oils! The best part is, if you really love a scent, you can get pretty much every product to match and be surrounded by that fragrance all through the day! They recently opened their very first store in India at The Palladium Mall in Mumbai & if you haven't stepped in yet, I dare you to go in & come out without getting at least one thing or having a wish list down to your knee! And if you're a Jo Malone London lover like me, do comment below and tell which are your absolute favourite scents! I'd love to try them out! And also a huge thank you to Jo Malone London, for hosting me & treating me nothing less than a princess.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Go Prime!

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With the influx of brands and online selling portals in India, the customer has suddenly become the king or so it seems! Well either way, a king needs that special array of variety and Amazon's Prime Day is all set to make you feel like a king while you spend like a pauper! This is an annual practice on the Amazon global website but it's the first time that it's hitting the Indian shores. For a period of 30 hours, starting at 6pm on 10th July, Amazon India Prime members will be the first to get access to over 30+ exclusive national and international brands! You get to experience exclusive brand launches of Steve Madden Jewellery, top fashion brands like Asics, GAP, Lavie, Fila, Delsey and many more who will be launching select styles from their A/W 2017 collections.

Designer Rocky S & Payal Kapoor are also launching some of their exclusive collections just for the Amazon Prime Day! An exclusive line of trendy jewellery by Steve Madden, Fresh new ins from some of the most well loved brands like Forever21, Lotto, Louis Philip, Liberty, ONLY, Puma, Woodland, Swiss Military, etc. there's more than one can imagine to browse through! So if you guys haven't signed up for Amazon Prime yet, now's the time! The exclusive deals and discount will start from 6pm tomorrow. Don't miss out!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Game. Set. Ramble

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Skirt, top, shoes- Veromoda's New Collection

I honestly can't remember what my life was before the overwhelming take over by social media. Yes, I am aware I owe my current profession to this entity and yet I don't feel that same gratitude that I did maybe a year or two ago. I don't know if it's because of the clutter it's become or because of the constant feed of unnecessary information. Information that one can live with out sharing & I certainly can live without knowing. Not so long ago, I caught myself rummaging through thoughts and things around me to create "content". It could be anything. Food I eat, clothes I bought, my wedding lehengas, my dog, a dog, just anything that I thought would grasp mass attention. And yet despite the likes and comments, there was this void inside me, because before I could even fathom the love on my previous update, I was already looking for my next one. It took me a while to even accept that I was indeed, falling into this pattern. I'm sure several are still in denial and will continue to pass it off under the pretext of being "better influencers". Yeah that's the term we fall under now, Influencers. So I've started making a conscious effort to do things the way I want and not just for others to watch. Update my profile with what I want and not just because something might get me more likes. And most importantly, stop this cycle of constantly seeking. Stop looking for fries while I'm still sipping on a delicious milkshake! And this blog is a start to that chapter. Of me being utterly honest. Not because you deserve it but because I do.

For me, blogging started with people sharing fashion ideations. Places they found quirky things, sharing new beauty trends or products, helping the regular girl become the white swan. Now, its gone way beyond that. I now notice people wanting to imitate lifestyles. The way one behaves, the places one goes to, the travels they embark on! And it probably wouldn't be such a bad thing, if only you knew what all these people, including myself at one point play up to. I've seen "influencers" pretending to be jovial for images and videos and right when they're off the camera, they're just empty, sad faces. Not so long ago, I went to an event with a prestigious brand who flew in a few influencers from other countries too. I was excited because I genuinely had been following one of them for over 2 years now. I thought seeing her would make me want to go up to her and share this with her but her vibe was instantly such a put off. Whilst sitting at a dinner table, she would whip out her camera to get that happy shot and as soon as it was accomplished, she either went back to her phone or indulged only in conversations that fell within her safe zone, with people she already knew. She then spent an hour discussing with a travel guide to help her find a particular pink wall that she had seen on Instagram. So what if she was visiting the country for the first time, this particular city for the first time and yet the only thing she was seeking is a pink wall to match up to her Instagram feed! A few days later, I saw her Instagram updates completely edited to match the rest of feed. She went to the extent of photoshopping one of the Wonders of the World to work for her! And honestly I may have not noticed this before in her earlier larger than life images but that's because I didn't know what the place really looked like, but as I was present here and knew exactly what the places looked like, I was left astonished. That moment was such an eye opener. It made me realise what we've all come to be.

We may have come too far, we may have turned into voyeuristic vultures but then again it's a choice just like everything else in life. I was reading an article which said that, "Social media websites activate the brain's reward centre. When we get positive feedback in the forms of comments, likes of hearts, our brain processes reward feelings making us addicted to post more content while consuming other's posts! Biologically, we are programmed to be curious creatures. We are psychologically wired and socially cultured to do so. In other words, it's not your fault that you spend hours aimlessly trawling through random people's profiles, we are evolutionarily preconditioned to be curious about the world around us but specially in regards to social relationships!" So, the question now is to be or not to be? While I strive to end this conundrum, tell me what you guys think of this! 

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